Bellator MMA’s France debut is officially set. Split into two cards called Bellator 248 and Bellator Paris, there are 12 fights in total set. All fighters officially made weight, so no drama preceded the first major mixed martial arts card in the country.
Bellator 248 is headlined by a 175-pound catchweight bout between Michael Page and Ross Houston. Page (17-1) is a knockout artist that has rebounded nicely since his lone loss to Douglas Lima, even if he hasn’t faced top competition. “Venom” will look to extend his knockout streak to four against Houston (8-0, 1 NC), an undefeated fighter out of Scotland. A former Cage Warriors champion, “The Hitman” has wins over Stefano Paterno, Nathan Jones, and Aaron Khalid.
The Bellator Paris half of the card is second and will see Cheick Kongo look to continue his impressive nine-fight undefeated streak against fellow Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Timothy Johnson. Last time out, the championship dreams of Kongo (30-10-2, 1 NC) ended early against Ryan Bader in a foul-filled fight that ended due to an eye poke. Kongo previously defeated Johnson (14-6) in 2018, knocking him out in just 68 seconds. The North Dakota fighter was also knocked out against Vitaly Minakov but has rebounded nicely with two upset KOs of his own over Tyrell Fortune and Matt Mitrione.
The four-fight Bellator 248 card will air live on CBS Sports Network and Dazn starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. Action will then move to the Bellator YouTube channel for Bellator Paris prelims at 1:45 p.m. ET and will continue there for the two-fight main card at 5 p.m. ET.
Bellator 248 & Paris Weigh-in Results:Cheick Kongo (245.6) vs. Timothy Johnson (259.8)
Saul Rogers (145.4) vs. Arbi Mezhidov (146)
Terry Brazier (155) vs. Yves Landu (154.2)
Ilias Bulaid (149.4) vs. Ivan Naccari (149.6)
Dominique Wooding (144.8) vs. Fabacary Diatta (146)
Maguy Berchel (125.4) vs. Lucie Bertaud (125.8)
Jean N’Doye (145) vs. Ciaran Clarke (145)
Dylan Logan (145.4) vs. William Gomis (144.6)
Michael Page (174.2) vs. Ross Houston (174.8)
Oliver Enkamp (168.4) vs. Emmanuel Dawa (170)
Ryan Scope (160.8) vs. Alan Omer (159)
Mads Burnell (145.6) vs. Darko Banovic (145)
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